UPDATE:  For a tutorial on my doily table runner click here

Well I guess this is turning into Baby Sister week on this blog…she does have 3 older brothers…they just move too fast…and I am tired of LEGO pictures. So I’ve been putting off giving Baby Sister her first meal that wasn’t supplied by me. I mean I already: prepare 13 plates of food a day, clean up those 13 plates, wash 9 faces and 18 hands a day . I was not wanting to add anymore hands, faces or dishes to the mix. Well not only did she turn 6 months old, but she was also turning into a goat – trying to eat everything in sight. So I grudgingly accepted that it was time to introduce cereal. Now this process was delayed a bit. Breakfast time is crazy, Chris is gone at lunch and it is dark when Chris gets home. All that just means the only time there is natural light and a husband around to help was on the weekend. So Goat Girl had to wait until the weekend for her first cereal meal, so her mommy didn’t have to use her flash. Just letting you know.

My goat is cuter than Grandpa’s

Hello! Do you see that tongue?!1.10cereal-03

Well the big day came and we sat the bowl on the table. Littlest Brother started to get into it, so I moved it out of the way. While I was getting the camera ready, big boys snacks and teaching Biggest Brother how to record video….this hungry girl somehow grabbed the spoon and just started feeding herself. I went to get the spoon to start feeding her and realized she already had it!1.10cereal-04

We re-adjusted…and took the team approach. I had the camera, Biggest Brother on video (our video camera died, so we had to use the p&s), Daddy feeding.1.10cereal-05

She did not spit one bite out. If you have ever introduced food to a baby you know it is pretty common for them to spit some just because they are trying to figure things out. Not my girl. She did still get it all over her face due to trying to grab the spoon with every bite to feed herself.1.10cereal-061.10cereal-071.10cereal-08

Again with the long tongue.1.10cereal-09

And then she was finished and daddy walked away. What can I say, she likes food and was sad to see it leave. I understand baby…I feel the same way.1.10cereal-10

Then Biggest Brother showed her the Cheezit box. I told him that was mean. You’d think by this face she knew what Cheezits were!1.10cereal-11

She has since slowed down and is in the normal baby routine of spitting out most of what she eats….bummer.

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  • Alba - I’ve two boys, the oldest had his first meal(banana) when he was 5 months old, I’d to go back to work, and since then he has not stop eating solid food, even I continue breastfeding him until he was 22 months old. He was delighted to try everything. The second one was the quiet man, did not try solid food until 6 months and had the first meal around 10 months, once again because I had to go back to work. Both of them eat fantastically til now, well, let’s face it, it is cheaper to buy them a book than invite them for dinner ;-)(I can not imagine the bill in the supermarket in few years).
    So if Baby Sister is not interested in food anymore, give her your supply ;-), it’s cleaner, cheaper and quite more easy (at least for me). And the quality of the food ;-) … the best.

  • Jeannette Swan - I am not even a remote fan of feeding babies food – I stick to milk from mommy as long as possible! She is as cute as can be though!!

  • Lauren Roberts - I remember you poking a little fun at me when I tended to take aLOT of pictures of our littlest sister. I was starting to notice the same trend here :) You just can’t help it!

  • christina larsen - Cute and messy; the way a first meal should be.

  • chantelle - you pics are too cute……I want another baby!

  • Lauren - I understand the “putting off the first meal that wasn’t supplied by me” feeling. I have a daughter who was born in June and the whole feeding thing has added a new realm of complication to my life!
    I love this blog by the way – I just found it and it is really inspiring!

  • Jamie - New blog reader here… That Baby Girl is simply adorable! I love those cereal photos. Precious…

  • Dick - Where did you get that adorable green chair that your baby is sitting in? Who makes it? My husband and I have a 6 month old grandaughter and your baby reminds us so much of her. Beautiful, of course.

  • Amanda Fuentes - Aww, my youngest daughter is only a week younger than yours, we started cereal at 5 mos. b/c she was watching every move we’d make during dinner, she also ate EVERY bite of her first cereal didn’t spit it out at all. We tried peas for the 1st time yesterday… the pic will be on my blog later this evening, lol!

  • Amanda Fuentes - Oops, gave the wrong blog address, its not blogger anymore its blogspot.

  • Dick - I just posted a comment from Dick. My name is Deb, I’m Dick’s wife. He reads your blog almost every day if not every day, and now, I have to check it out. I never knew what people found in reading blogs, but now I’m hooked. Thanks for the inspiration. I would love to follow you around to see how your day goes and how you get done what you get done. Be Blessed. Deb

  • Sarah - I LOVE that last picture with her Michelin rolls showing!! SOOO CUTE!!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Ahh those first sweet moments! My last one showed no interest in solids till 8 months and I was not sad in one bit! Great shots, Kim

  • Jill R - I’m with Deb. How you get this all done is one of life’s great mysteries. I love the rolls on your sweet baby girl!! She is a doll.

  • tiny twig - she is adorable. precious! i sometimes dread the starting of solid foods–because its just extra mess and another mouth to clean, etc.

  • Nancy - Wow, cutest baby ever! Beautiful photos :)

  • ellebows - oh, i just love her! beautiful pictures! yay for these special milestones :-)

  • Asha - So relieved I’m not the only one who held out until 6 months but I did it because I read food is bad for their intestines before then. People made me feel like I was doing something wrong holding out.
    Your kids are so beautiful!!!!!

  • Emily - She is adorable! (So are your boys). We actually have a little girl almost a month older than her. Aren’t they fun?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes there are just too many creative things I want to try. I’ve wanted to try TtV photography for a long time, but just never got around to it. Mainly I would see it online somewhere, love it…then I’d forget about it. Well this week Rachel posted her first experience and it was just the little shove I needed. There are lots of great online tutorials, Rachel shared this one on Hula Seventy. If you don’t have an old camera to use, you can fake TtV using Photoshop. Just Google instructions and there are tons out there.  Looking at other sites, I am obviously doing something wrong because everyone else’s does not have the square corners in their shots…just perfect little black trim on the edges.  I also didn’t clean my old camera AT ALL – so I am going to do that too. Finally I noticed the little strap on top of my Brownie Hawkeye kept getting in my shots – one more thing to remedy. I’ll have to figure all that out and post more next week. Feel free to give me pointers if you are experienced with TtV! Until then, here is my very first attempts at TtV…it was fun!

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  • Jeannette Swan - I don’t even understand what you are doing!

  • Michele V. - I’m right there with you Jeannette…. what are you doing?

  • Allison - I’ve been meaning to try since I bought the perfect camera to do it with. I always seem to forget and then run out of light! I’m going to try and do it this week though. I love how yours turned out! Are the square corners specific to the type of camera you used maybe?

  • Stephanie - Ok. This is a really silly question, so please don’t judge me on it, but I’m interested in testing out TtV photography…does the old/vintage camera need to be in working condition? or are you just utilizing the viewfinder?

  • Sandy - I too had to go look up what Ttv was, guess I am not alone. I have to say, it’s really pretty cool. I really like the last one of the window. The shadow effects around it and the black boarder makes the pic look old. I like it.

  • Anna Marie - Stephanie your old camera does not have to work. You just need it to have the lenses. I bought a Kodak Duaflex at a local antique store to try it out but once I got it home and tried it the first time I realized that the top corner of the lens was cracked so I couldn’t get the four perfectly rounded corners :( I am on the look out for another. I am wondering if those square corner things in your picture is because those are on your brownie lens??? I have heard that the Duaflex is the best way to go for the TtV shots. But I could be wrong. There are some awesome TtV Flickr groups out there.

  • susie whyte - i saw this on rachel’s blog, too!! i love it!!

  • Asha - I’ve seen Ruby from Cakies and Rachael from Smile and Wave do this and I think it’s great but did you know you could just use a simple mask in photoshop without the complicated contraption menthod? There are a ton of them on flickr.

After yesterday’s comments on how unique you thought my craft ideas are, I was a bit hesitant to post this! Not so unique, but easy enough for anyone to do!

Last week I gave you a glimpse of a little craft project I had in the works. I wasn’t going to post pictures because this is part of a surprise for a dear friend, but she needs a little pick me up right now. If you have read this blog for very long you know that adoption and orphan care are very important to me. My sweet friend (and her 3 young kids) are in Africa diligently trying to adopt an older sibling set of 3. She has been there since Nov. and had hoped to return home to her husband this week. Plans have changed and we are still all waiting for a super sweet homecoming. While she is away some of us are working on a few surprises. She knows we are decorating the kid’s rooms, but she doesn’t know what all we have up our sleeves. So, sweet friend, here is a peek at some artwork for the girl’s room!

I was inspired by this DwellStudio painting (thanks Bryn!)

Step 1: Draw the basic design on the canvas (I messed with this picture in Photoshop to make the pencil marks show up…it isn’t really a big gray bubble)

Step 2: Cut out random scrapbooking papers for leaves and the bird (I used Amy Butler paper)

Step 3: Glue down the paper. I applied Mod Podge to the back of the paper and then stuck them on the canvas. Just do a thin layer of glue to prevent bubbling. I also did a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper and around the edges.


Step 4: When gluing the paper down some of my paper bled, so I lightly went over the white areas of the canvas with white craft paint.

Step 5: Paint on your branches

Step 6: Seal the canvas. I just used Mod Podge since it was already on hand.1.10painting-05

In the girls’ room these will not be hanging this close together….1.10painting-07

While I was working on these, Littlest Brother joined me in the kitchen. At one point he tried to quietly push the chair over to the countertops. He returned, with the chair and turned it where it was facing the opposite direction of where I was. He thought he was being sneaky, but I knew what was on those countertops.1.10painting-081.10painting-09

Handful. Can I say it again? HANDFUL!!!!

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  • Alba - jajajajajaja smart guy! life is tough mum, but to have to older brothers helps ;-)

  • Megan H - I love this and I can do it, I know I can. This is my mission, thanks for the idea!

  • christina larsen - “But I’m cute, Momma!”

    Cute bird pics, I hope she enjoys them.

  • Jodi - Adorable. I want to steal every single one of your craft ideas for our new playspace, 3rd birthday party, and shared big girls’ room space. I haven’t finalized any of them yet, but I am sure they will feature one of your many DIY projects. This one looks like it might make the list! Keep em’ coming!

  • Jeannette Swan - Love them!!! It is simple, but still unique – I’m already trying to think of what I can mod podge onto a canvas (I’ve done fabric and painted, but hadn’t thought of paper). I’m still trying to make a tray like you showed at Christmas Gathering – painting and mod podging – not wood burning! I’m so not creative that I bought the same Martha Stewart flowers from Michael’s that you had. I noticed the little silver birds on your mantle – I knew you could use those!!

  • Marie - I love it! Perfect for a girls room. What do you mean by seal the canvas? Do you paint over the entire thing with modge podge?

  • Rachel - Those are perfect!! M and the girls will absolutely love them!

  • laura - love it! and i love your blog. i’ve been checking everyday for months and it brings me a lot of joy…especially as a young, Christian, crafty mom of two. i do have one request…i just had a baby BOY and am having trouble w/ boyish cute crafty ideas for his room. if you have anything to share sometime, i would LOVE it.

  • ashlee - so very cute!

  • Heather - I love these! They are so pretty, and so easy to make I can hardly believe it!! I definitely need to make myself one. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  • amanda torres - Very cute! And, I LOVED the onesie from yesterday. So unique and funny.

  • melanie - Thanks for the sneak peek!! it is beautiful and I can’t wait to see it and also for the girls to see it! S has never even had her own bed, so I’m so excited that you girls are helping me give her a beautiful room!!

  • Katie - LOVE it!! Gosh, you never cease to amaze me with your adorable ideas! Thank you!

  • Jaimie - I was just about to say how GOOD your kids were until I read that they were a handful. It seems like they are really good!!! I love this and I have been thinking of something very similar. Simply Modern Mom also did some canvases that are really similar: http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2010/01/tree-canvases/

  • Meagan - Those are super cute, Ashley! Very similar to the paper nursery art I will have in my new etsy shop! The onesie is adorable too, BTW! I can just picture that whole Hobby Lobby thing! When I have bought felt from them and told them it was for baby headbands, they looked at me weird too! They just aren’t very hip! ;)

  • meg duerksen - but being that adorable…it is impossible to be frustrated with him i bet. at least not for very long!

  • Rachel - So cute…I think I am going to have to do this one for my daughter’s room!!!

  • Andy - love the pics
    i’m pregnant and if it’s a girl then i may have to make some for the room

  • Christy - Love, Love the birdie pictures!! Such a cute cookie stealer..

  • Beatrice Killam - What a wonderful idea! I’m sure your friend – and the girls – will love these!!

    I was just wondering where you bought that awesome Amy Butler paper…

  • Rachel Ridd - please please please email or post and tell me how you did the logs in your fireplace. Is it real wood or painted on?

  • Jessica Mad About Pink - Simple tutorial for a great effect.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  • katherinemarie - tweet tweet— these are BEYOND SWEET!!! Isn’t modge podge the greatest thing?? You’ve got to stop with all these sensational projects!!! Too much amazing stuff girl!

  • dori - Precious! I just started reading your blog and haven fallen in love with birds. I never really cared for them until I saw how you’ve incorporated them into your crafts and decor. Love it!

  • Andrea - that is adorable! love your pictures and DIY articles!!

  • chantelle - you are brilliant-the bird art is great I can’t wait to try it! You do all that with 3 kids…….you must be brilliant!

  • susie whyte - and i just caught myself speaking outloud, saying, “aww, those are really cute!” figured i should say it to you, too! :) i love his hair!! such a stud. i always tell my friends that they should just name their boys “stopit” with the middle name of “now”. that’s all you say to them. :)

  • Jesse - Super cute DIY! And so is Mr. Ornery!

  • Tiffany - Adorable little birds and adorable chocolate chip face!

  • Erica - Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been trying to think of some art to put in the bathroom that the kids share with the guest room, fun but not too childish, and I think this is it!

  • Ashley C. - I was so inspired by your birdies, I made my own. I linked back to your blog so everyone can be inspired by yours, as I was. Here’s the link to what I did. http://ashleycrenshaw.blogspot.com/2010/01/fly-away-with-me.html
    Thanks for the daily inspiration! I love it!

  • Diana - Stunning, absolutely stunning

  • courtney - I loved this one so much I went right to work, they look perfect in my little girls room.

  • Our Canvas Trees « - [...] Canvas Trees Jump to Comments So tonight Justine and I made these. Justine was successful with the project and finished hers. I think they’re lovely, even [...]

  • indiana - I had to post your blog on thebump.com! This project and so many others are brilliant!


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  • Rachel - That is so pretty Ashley! I just clicked over from Kind Over Matter. Your archives must have so many gorgeous ideas in them. I need to sit down and go through them. =) Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

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  • A little of this and that…and a lot of chocolate cake « ….it's what we do - [...] tons of great project ideas for the nursery. I want to use her scrapbook paper art idea (found here) to make a piece of art to hang over the crib. I’m thinking of copying this painting from [...]

  • Em - This is so adorable! Such a cute idea and so easily done! Thanks for sharing! I was also wondering where you found the cute little silver sparrows displayed on the mantle with the pictures. Lovely!

  • {DIY} Bird Scrapbook Paper “Painting” » Belvedere Photography - [...] first one I’d like to share with you is from the lovely AshleyAnn and her super-cute “bird painting.” The first time I saw this I immediately put it at the top of my project list! I’m kicking [...]

  • Amelia - So cute! I want to know more about the fire place in the background! I love the cut wooden rounds – I would love to see a full view of this!

  • 5 on friday. - [...] 3. I made these lovely little birdie pictures for the girls new room using a tutorial from Ashley Ann’s blog. She has an awesome blog that gives me lots of great ideas. I just love the way the pictures turned out. It reminds me of the girls because like birds they are constantly “chirping” back and forth to one another. Here’s how to do it if you are interested. I made mine a little different to add more color to their room. http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2010/01/13/diy-paper-bird-painting/ [...]

  • Lorraine Lewis - i came by your blog by accident- i am so glad i did because it is WONDERFUL!

  • Mod Podge Amy - These are absolutely awesome! I love.

  • twelvedaysold - Thanks for this! I was referred from the Mod Podge Rocks blog, and this is just the thing to make for my sister for Christmas this year (we’re both trying to be extra crafty and make all of our gifts this year).

    Great job!

  • Dani - I clicked over here from “Mod Podge Rocks”. What beautiful pictures! I was thinking that I have some colorful fabric available. I know that I can Mod Podge fabric so I’m thinking of trying this but using some of my fabric “scraps” instead of paper. Great idea!

  • Priscilla-The Wheelchair Mommy - GORGEOUS!

    I must make these if I have a girl :D

  • Erin - The Smallest Sparrow - Love this idea! Great tutorial. And I love your blog too! Can’t wait to read more.

  • Kimara - This is adorable. I love the simple lines. Wonderful craft for those new to paper art. I’ll be linking on Facebook. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cherished Hearts Vintage - I absolutely love these.

  • Melissa - This is so creative! Thank you for posting this. I’m just really impressed and excited to try one of my own.

  • Week 3- Alana Kelly « TwinGeekz Artz Project - [...] a little picture I made for my sons room using scrapbook paper. I got the inspiration from this post, but I made an owl instead of a [...]

  • Kathie - Love this project…I loved it so much I made one of my own! :D

  • Teresa aka Tess - The bird paintings are wonderful. I love the colorful papers you used. The little guy is a cutiepie. Thanks for posting the tutorial. Easy to follow.

  • rachel - do you have any templates for this?

  • Shannon Quinn - Very inspiring:) Thanks! I’m your newest follower!

  • Miscellany: DIYs, Giveaways and a Bunch of Happiness « theshopbug - [...] this weekend.  Keep happy:) photography: Aran Goyoaga DIY projects: paper bird painting at ashley ann photography (found via: kind over matter) wine bottle vases at design sponge invisible book shelf [...]

  • Pam - Cute bird pics, but my buddy is really cute! Love the picture of him with the cookie…he looks so onory!

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  • Jaclyn Scott - What a gorgeous picture! I loved it so much I had to share it on my blog: http://our-scott-spot.blogspot.com/2011/08/fun-find-friday-silhouette-inspirations.html

  • Melissa - Where did you get the image from? So I can find one similar. thanks!!

  • tricia - I did this a loved it. thank you

  • Sofortkredit Online Kredit - Superb website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!

  • Madie Foux - Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again soon!

  • Leanne - This is so cute! (and your little guy is adorable!) My baby daughter’s room is a bird theme, I would love to make this for her room! thank you for the great tutorial! (found this on Pinterest)

    Leanne @ Because (I Think) I Can

  • Jessica Reel - I love your fireplace! Can you post a full pic? I’d love to know how you made it.

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  • Gwen - Super cute idea! I just might have to do this myself.

  • Five Things Friday: Bird Inspired Projects « Keepsmeoutofmischief - [...] Ashley Ann Photography has these cute painted canvases.  I think they’re [...]

  • Yvonne - A lovely tutorial, simple but efective little artworks ! thanks for sharing. You have a gorgous little guy :) x

  • Finishing something « One Sweet Day - [...] just a matter of decorating what we had. I made two pieces of “art” for the wall mostly using this tutorial found via Pinterest. I also made one that was supposed to be inspired by that but went an entirely [...]

  • Hannah - So cute! I tried it and it looks beautiful. Thanks :D

  • Sue Woodward - I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing! I would also like to know how the pieces of wood below the the mantel are done? Love that look also. Thanks again!

  • Bird Scenery Scrapbook Paper Canvas Art - [...] saw this bird art painting on one of my favorite blogs Under The Sycamore and just had to make one for Lily's [...]

  • Cathy Haley - I love your bird pictures. I have been trying to glue/mod podge scrape paper to canvas as well. I have been having no luck. The paper just keeps getting wavy and curls up on the edges. It won’t lay flat with the mod podge. Very frustrating. I was hoping you might have some tips for me to help with this. They are bigger pieces of paper, so perhaps that is my problem.

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  • staci - I LOVE these! I’m so glad you posted them, they are so pretty :D

  • Molly - Lovely! Did you paint the branches on in black or is it with a black sharpie?

  • beiträge krankenkassen - Very good post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing about your weblog posts. Right after all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write once again really soon!

  • Natalie - Stumbled across these and they look fantastic. I would love to know where you got the bird outline from… adorable

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  • Four Friday Favorites | the unpolished momma - [...] blog to gawk at… Under the Sycamore I can look at this blog for WAY too long! (And I have spent oodles of time doing so the last few [...]

  • Pink & Turquoise Nursery {Miss A’s Room Reveal} - [...] Source List: Crib bedding: Coco Dot Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids Art above the crib: Cherry Blossom Art from PBK Pom poms: Prost to the Host Etsy shop Curtain fabric: Premier Prints ZigZag Twill in Girly Blue Hoop fabrics: Liberty of London fabrics from Purl Soho Paint color: Cream Puff by Benjamin Moore “You Are Loved” print: Centsational Girl Inspiration for DIY Bird canvas paintings: Under the Sycamore [...]

  • Tanya - Dwell Studio link is broken…

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  • The Canvas Art Factory - The bird paintings are beautiful and the colorful papers you used are a perfect choice. Great idea!

  • sharon saunders - can I say that is the captivating beautiful little face I have ever seen, stopped me in my tracks I raised two boys who are now wonderful men. enjoy the trials and tribulations those will be the best memories.

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  • Janelle - Very cute! I’m wondering if I wanted a background color, what should i use that would be work with having to draw stems and using the modgepodge and glue?

    thanks for any advice!

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